Emmet County

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Emmet County is named for Robert Emmet, who was an Irish patriot.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Estherville      1851 – 1879

Swan Lake     1879 – 1884

Estherville      1884 – present


County Courthouse – Estherville


Location:  609 1st Avenue North / North 6th Street

Built:  1957 – 1958

Style:  Modern

Architect:  James A Dougher

Contractor:  Lundquist Construction Company


Description: The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. There is a concrete portico at the south entrance. The south front has vertical concrete dividers with green panels between the windows.  The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1859 in Estherville and was destroyed by fire in 1876. The second courthouse was designed by Foster & Liebbe and constructed by Zerbe Brothers in 1884 at a cost of $11,718. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $374,110.



N – Jackson County, Minnesota and Martin County, Miinnesota

E –  Kossuth County

S – Palo Alto County

W – Dickinson County











Photos taken 2008